Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1949
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|Flag of Iowa|
|Location of Iowa|
|Record Type||Civil War Veteran Records|
|State Historical Department, Des Moines|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection contains the membership records of the Grand Army of the Republic a Civil War veteran's organization of Union veterans living in Iowa after the war. The records are arranged by county and then by posts within each county. They include veteran's name, residence, occupation, date and place of birth, date and place of death, cemetery where buried, war record, dates of enlistment and discharge, names of parents, spouse, children (if given), and sources of information.
To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Member's name
- Enlistment date
- Discharge date
- Organization served in
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before using this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the individual
- The place where the person lived
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
View the Images[edit | edit source]
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- Select the County
- Select the Post Name to view the images.
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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Use the information found in the record to locate the death record
- Use the age or estimated birth date to find vital records such as birth, baptism, and marriage
- Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records
- Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses
- Search for additional military records, such as service and pension records
I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
- Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Iowa.
- US Military Basic Search Strategies
- Beginning United States Civil War Research
- Locating a Union Civil War Soldier (1861-1865)
- Iowa Guided Research
- Iowa Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research
- Beginning Research in United States Military Records
Related Family History Library Holdings[edit | edit source]
- History of the Iowa Department Grand Army of the Republic
- Grand Army of the Republic records, Iowa posts : indexes to veterans ; post membership records
Related FamilySearch Historical Record Collections[edit | edit source]
- United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890
- United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934
- United States Records of Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans, 1879-1903
- United States National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938
Related Digital Books[edit | edit source]
- G.A.R. State Encampment 1906
- Roster of Torrence Post 2
- Ex-Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Living in Iowa 1866
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
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